How to print from your Android phone or tablet

As Android technology progresses, so does your ability to get everything done right from your Android phone or tablet. Google has designed a cloud printing app that works with your printer connected either to your wireless network or to your computer via USB. Here's how to set up Google Cloud Print within Chrome on your computer and how to start printing directly from your Android device.

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How to add your printer to Google Cloud Print

  1. Launch Chrome on your computer.
  2. Click on the menu button in the top right corner. It looks like three horizontal lines.

    Launch Chrome. Click the menu button.

  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Show advanced settings.

    Click Settings. Click Show advanced settings.

  5. Scroll down and click Manage under the Google Cloud Print heading.
  6. Click Add printers.

    Scroll down and click Manage. Click Add printers.

  7. Click the printers you want to be added to Google Cloud Print.
  8. Click Add printer(s).

    Click the printer you want to add. Click Add printer(s).

How to add the Google Cloud Print app to your Android phone or tablet

  1. Launch Play Store from your Home Screen or app drawer.
  2. Tap the search field.
  3. Type cloud print.

    Launch Play Store. Tap the search field. Type cloud print.

  4. Tap the Search button (it looks like a magnifying glass).
  5. Tap Cloud Print by Google Inc.
  6. Tap Install.

    Tap the Search button. Tap Cloud Print. Tap Install.

As long as the Google account you have activated on your computer is the same Google account activated on your phone or tablet, you'll be able to see your printer. If you don't know how to add Google accounts to your Android device, check out our guide.

How to print a local file from your Android phone

  1. Open the file you'd like to print. You can open files stored locally (found in Photos, Gmail, Docs, file manager apps, etc.) or files stored on cloud services like Google Drive and Dropbox. In this case, we chose a picture in Photos.
  2. Tap the menu button in the top right of your screen. It looks like three stacked dots.
  3. Tap Print.
  4. Tap the drop-down arrow. It's located near the top of your screen.

    Tap the menu button. Tap Print. Tap the drop-down arrow.

  5. Tap the printer you'd like to print from.
  6. Tap the print button. It looks like a printer.

    Tap the printer you'd like to print from. Tap the print button.

How to print a file from the internet with your Android phone

  1. Tap the menu button (looks like three stacked dots) when you're viewing the webpage with the content you want to be printed. The menu button might look a bit different, depending on your browser.
  2. Tap Print.
  3. Tap the drop-down arrow. It is located near the top of your screen.

    Tap the menu button.Tap Print. Tap the drop-down menu.

  4. Tap the printer you'd like to print from.
  5. Tap the print button (it looks like a printer).

    Tap the printer you'd like to print from. Tap the print button.

Our top equipment picks

Most modern printers are compatible with Google Cloud Print. There are some exceptions, so to avoid frustration, Google has created a list of all printers compatible with Google Cloud Print. We like the HP OfficeJet Pro series, which handles scanning, copying, and two-sided printing, too. Of course, any phone will work, but what better way to use Google's printing service than with its own phone?

The quintessential Android phone

Google Pixel 3

Take great photos, then print them wirelessly

There's nothing quite as complementary to a good printer as a good photo, and the Pixel 3 takes some of the best photos of any phone. Of course, it's also Google's pet project, which means it's first in line for any new versions of Android — in short, this is one of the best Android phones you can buy.

Cloud-connected printer

HP OfficeJet Pro 8710

Print from anywhere, no wires necessary

HP's OfficeJet Pro series has a touchscreen for easy operation and handles scanning, copying, and even faxing (if you still know anyone that can receive a fax). Of course, its most important feature is printing, and it's compatible with HP's Instant Ink for quick reloads. With Google Cloud Print support, you can print from anywhere on your phone or tablet.

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